Labuan Bajo is the capital of West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia. Located on the western tip of Flores Island.
The population majority has jobs as fishermen, it can be seen that there are many sailboats and boats in the bay.
The beautiful scenery in the capital city of West Manggarai is amazing. Wooden huts with thatched roofs and various trees in the surrounding environment are the main objects of the spectacular view.
Labuan Bajo Island is a gathering place for people going on vacation to Komodo Island (the remaining ancient animals) or Rinca Island (in the south).
If you are going on vacation to Labuan Bajo Indonesia, you can explore the various islands around it. Starting from Seraya Island, Angel Island, Sabolo Island and Kanawa Island.
8 Things to do in Labuan Bajo Island
- Komodo Island
Komodo Island is an island located in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. While Labuan Bajo is located inside Komodo Island.
Foreign tourists call it the dragon.
Komodo Island is a place where dragons live.
In addition, natural beauty is an attraction for tourists.
The small islands around are very charming with clear blue sea water and still clean.
There are also Komodo national parks created to protect the Komodo dragon from extinction and protect the flora that live around the Komodo National Park. UNESCO recognizes the island of Komodo is a world heritage site and is one of the seven wonders of the world.
- Padar Island
This island is famous for its point of view to see three beaches on Padar Island (white sand beaches, pink beach and the other is black sand beach). The best time to climb is in the morning for sunrise.
- Swimming with Manta at Manta Point
Manta Point is one of the most famous places to dive near Labuan Bajo. This is where I met turtles who talked to Manta Rays, but more seriously is one of the best dive sites on Komodo Island. Manta Point is recommended for experienced divers.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Because there are many amazing dive sites in Labuan Bajo, scuba diving and snorkeling are definitely the most prominent things to do here. If you are lucky, you can even swim alongside dolphins or even whales.
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Labuan Bajo is designated as the second best dive site in the world after Raja Ampat, according to CNN International 2015.
Some world-class dive sites like Toko Toko, Crystal Rock and Manta Point.
- Rangko Cave
Located in Rangko Village, Gusung Island. This cave will be a place worth visiting. The best time is to visit the cave during the day so you can watch the sun beaming from the hole in the ceiling.
This cave gives you a combination of beautiful scenery and exciting adventure so it is called the Secret Cave because of its remote location in the middle of the sea. When entering the cave, you will see many stalactites and stalagmites and clear salt water pools as deep as 3.4 meters.
- Cunca Rami Waterfall
Cunca Rami Waterfall is a day trip from Labuan Bajo by car located in a remote valley. You have to follow a narrow line along a bumpy road to get to the nearest village.
Once in the village, you have to hike for 20 minutes to Cunca Hemp. The trip was very valuable.
- Pink Beach
Pink Beach is a tourist destination in the Komodo National Park which is very unique because along this beach area is pink.
Actually this pink color arises because of the many coral reefs of the same color. The result is a beautiful and unique pink beach that is extraordinary.
- Batu Cermin Cave
Batu Cermin Cave is a tourist spot close to the city. The best time to visit the cave is 9-10 in the morning.
How to get to Labuan Bajo
There are three routes to Labuan Bajo. You can by sea, air and land. Everything it’s ok broh!!
There are three airlines that open direct flight routes from Jakarta to the westernmost city in West Manggarai Regency. Three are Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, and Batik Air.
Apart from Jakarta, direct flights to Labuan Bajo are also available from Denpasar, Bali. Three airlines providing Denpasar to Labuan Bajo route are Nam Air, Wings Air, and Garuda Indonesia. Wings Air also opens direct flights to Labuan Bajo Airport from two other cities such as Surabaya and Lombok.
You can also go by using Passenger Ship owned by PELNI company.
There are only two ships serving Bali route to Labuan Bajo such as KM Tilongkabila and KM Binaiya.
For KM Tilongkabila departing in the morning from Benoa port. You will arrive the next day around 07.00 p.m.
For Binaiya KM departing from Benoa Bali in the afternoon around 09.00 a.m. To see the ship’s schedule you can access the Pelni company website.
This is the third way to go to Labuan Bajo from Bali. However, I recommend using a travel agent because all your trips will be better.
Labuan Bajo Accommodation
You will find accommodation in the form of basic bungalows which are located almost exactly on the beach.
At the westernmost tip of Flores Island, Labuan Bajo City is located at a fishing location with very complete tourist facilities.
Labuan Bajo has been a premium tour, you know. Hotels with five-star facilities are already available.